Today was the first time I set foot in a gym in roughly a year. I think. Maybe just over or under? Anyway, I don’t know what the hell was wrong with me that I didn’t go for that long. Some people hate the gym. I thought maybe I had become one of those people. I’d come up with a million reasons not to go. But, today I went and I realized that I was silly and I really do like going. It felt really good to be back, sweating my ass off, tomato-faced in front of any coworkers that strolled by. Don’t mind me, the tomato look is in as far as I’m concerned. I can’t help it regardless.
I apparently hadn’t used my fitbook since Decemeber 2011. HOLY SHIT. I hopped on Muscle & Fitness’s free workout site and popped the Weight Loss Month 1 workout into my calendar. That’s the workout you see above, in the horrendous handwriting for a chick, and I added in 45 min of cardio. I was a sweat machine! I even managed the wonderful tummy mark on my tank. I know, gross, right? I don’t care. If it gets me back in shape so be it.
I don’t normally talk about weight on here because of all the taboo-ness that surrounds doing that and the fact some people get triggered and stuff. The honest truth is I have about 15-20lbs to lose before I am back at my preferred weight. Being 5’9” means I can carry a little extra and it doesn’t look that bad or noticeable (unless everyone is lying to me), but I don’t feel great and that’s what’s most important. The goal weight I am aiming for is solidly still in the healthy range, but allows muscle definition to show through when I am knee-deep in my lifting. I like that. I still have curves and a bit of body fat, but I’m not overly to one side of the range or the other.
So, yeah. I’m not sure why I let myself get lazy with my health and fitness. Maybe it was part-depression, maybe it was the “oh hey I play soccer now!” attitude, or maybe I just wanted a convenient excuse to not date anyone (can’t meet guys! I feel squishy!). Whatever it was, it’s over and I am happy to be easing back into the routine I used to have. And if you’re gloating over the fact I gained weight this winter (I don’t think anyone that reads here would), think about what that says about you as a person (I’m trying to be less judgey in my 30s!). Words of the “trying-to-get-wiser.”
Post-gym I made a smoothie consisting of a cup of mixed frozen berries, one package of plain nonfat greek yogurt, a scoop of chia seeds, and a tbsp of strawberry jam. It was tasty though I need to figure out a better blender. It was not mixing well at first!
Speaking of dating, I’m actually considering ignoring my disdain for OK Cupid and creating a new account, with less expectations. I think I’m just a little bored since there’s no way in hell my future manpie is in that mess of a website. But, it might generate a few laughs to blog about and I’ll have more daylight hours to kill in the summertime. We’ll see.
I know I said today I’d hit the gym and then head to happy hour with coworkers since we’re getting out early today. HOWEVER. I received awesome news the other day, my brother Dave is in town from Cali through the weekend! My mom doesn’t know it yet, but I packed a wee little travel bag and am driving straight down to the beach as soon as I wrap up here at work! I’m so excited to get some quality time with him, my mom, and Zoe! Plus, there’s the added bonus of sticking my little sausage toes in the sand for the first time this season! It’s not going to be warm enough to don a bikini, but I’ll at least get a sunny walk on the beach in sometime tomorrow. No better feeling than toes in the sand.
I have to bust back up here early Sunday though, as my women’s league has a game and then later on I’m heading with my soccer bff Manuela to go see The Killers with Tegan & Sara! I’m beyond excited for this weekend to unfold!
Speaking of football, co-ed soccer last night was a bust. Our game was on and only seven people (myself included) showed up for our 11 v 11 playoff game. It. was. hot. By the second half of the game I barely had any juice left in me to run at halfback. We held the other team off as long as we could, but when they’ve got numbers on you eventually things will fall apart. I had some good passes but without being able to have a defined offense we just couldn’t get any in net. It sucked, but those of us that were there played our asses off. At least I got in a good workout? With only a few games left of my women’s league, and this co-ed season done, I’m going to have to figure out a summer league so I don’t lose any of the (few) skills I have. I’m planning to keep weekends open so I can get in max beach time this year. Last year I only made it to the beach once and that was in San Diego! NOT happening this year.
In other news, no weight loss yet, but my eating has been shaping up more each day. I decided to start tracking most of my intake even though prolonged counting makes me stabby and irate (it bring out too much OCD-ness in me). But, I needed the reality shock of seeing just what I was actually taking in while not really doing much physically. On the bright side, being a bit of a lanky lass allows me some wiggle room with my weight range. I know this isn’t something I can rely on forever though. Things will start slowing down eventually.
What’s everyone up to this weekend? Any fun plans?
Happy Thursday! I can’t really tell if this week is flying by or not, at times it seems like it is and then other moments I’m all, “it’s not Friday yet??” But, tomorrow IS Friday and thanks to a milestone at work, we’re all being let out at 2pm!
Even the coffee is celebrating. However, going along with the “it’s time” theme, I saw this little graphic and had a o_O moment.
A little under 56 days?!!? Yikes! It’s really time to get my ass in gear for this race. If I am going to even remotely complete this without feeling like death is chasing me, I need to step up my routine and get some strength training in pronto. I also need to up my running endurance as I’ve heard that the first part of this race can be a lot of running, and it’s not going to be flat and easy peasy. So yesterday I strapped on my shoeses and went for a quick, sweaty two miles. The main purpose of the run was to work out what’s sore and I realized from playing on the crappy soccer field Tues night I’ve got shin splints and a bit of a sore right ankle. My co-ed team has the start of playoffs tonight, but I’m secretly hoping it’s rained out as I’d really prefer to just hit the gym instead and give the pins a rest. I got 2 miles done in about 19:13. I’m longing for the days of faster miles again, I know they’ll be here soon!
To help combat the soreness, I broke out the Tiger Tail and rolled out my calves, shins, quads, and hams. Sheila kept me company while I stretched and massaged out the soreness.
Isn’t she just the muffiniest muffin? Apologies for the shitty looking sandal there in the background. Not only does my fitness routine need an overhaul, but so does my entire wardrobe. But, I’ll leave that for another day.
If all goes well in the lab today and then again tomorrow early, I should be able to enjoy a nice gym sesh and then still have time to meet some coworkers for a bit of happy hour. Looking forward to that! I’ve decided by this post-end that this week has, in fact, felt long. I’m ready for the weekend! How about you?